Do you think it's easier to become a brain surgeon than a published author?
It's all about perception. There is an actual mathematical equation for this. It is:
Actual difficulty + [(perceived personal skill + personal desire to achieve goal) X number of people who believe they have the skill and desire] + number of perceived stumbling blocks unfairly placed in the way by people who are not as intelligent as you = perceived difficulty
According to the scientific study of 1,000 random people that I did last night in preparation to answer this question, I discovered:
(10 being most and 1 being least)
10 + [(0 + .2) X 0] + 3 = 13 = Difficulty in Becoming a Brain Surgeon
4 + [(10 + 9.5) X 1,000] + 10 = 19,514 = Difficulty in Becoming a Published Author